95 Tact Quotes To Help You Deal With People And Get Your Point Across

The Most Famous Tact Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Tact is the ability to make a person see lightning without letting him feel the bolt. — Orlando Aloysius Battista

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy. — Howard W. Newton

Tact is the art of convincing people that they know more than you do. — Raymond Mortimer

Tact is after all a kind of mind reading. — Sarah Orne Jewett

Tactics is knowing what to do when there is something to do. Strategy is knowing what to do when there is nothing to do. — Savielly Tartakower

The tactician must know what to do whenever something needs doing; the strategist must know what to do when nothing needs doing — Savielly Tartakower

Tacitus has written an entire work on the manners of the Germans. This work is short, but it comes from the pen of Tacitus, who was always concise, because he saw everything at a glance. — Tacitus

Tactics is the art of using troops in battle; strategy is the art of using battles to win the war — Carl von Clausewitz

Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. — Sun Tzu

Tactical empathy is understanding the feelings and mindset of another in the moment and also hearing what is behind those feelings so you increase your influence in all the moments that follow. — Chris Voss

Short Tact Quotes

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  • The true gentleman is subtly poised between an inner tact and an outer defense. — Puzant Kevork Thomajan
  • So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. — Dr. Seuss
  • Truth without love is brutality, and love without truth is hypocrisy. — Warren W. Wiersbe
  • Tact is rubbing out another's mistakes, not rubbing them in. — Marvin J. Ashton
  • I have tales to tell, but I don't tell them. Discretion. Discretion. — Gregory Peck
  • What I lack in decorum, I make up for with an absence of tact. — Donald E. Williams, Jr.
  • Tact is ability to see others as they wish to be seen. — Unknown
  • Tact is the art of making guests feel at home when that's really where you wish they were. — George E. Bergman
  • It is tact that is golden, not silence. — Samuel Butler
  • Tact is the ability to step on a man's toes without messing up the shine on his shoes. — Harry S. Truman
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No Tact Quotes

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Nobody wants to know a colored woman's opinion about her own status of that of her group. When she dares express it, no matter how mild or tactful it may be, it is called 'propaganda,' or is labeled 'controversial.' Those two words have come to have a very ominous sound to me. — Mary Church Terrell

... some people cannot bear the truth, no matter how tactfully it is told. No doubt the haughty, the tyrannical, the unmerciful, the impure and the fomentors of discord take a fierce exception to the Sermon on the Mount. — Mary Church Terrell

To act honestly- even at the risk of saying the unpleasant truth, or of saying no and causing distress to others- if done with intelligence and tact, is the kindest thing to do because it respects our own integrity and acknowledges in others the capacity to be competent and mature. — Piero Ferrucci

Lookin back on it at least my pride is in tact cause we said no strings attached and I still got tied up in that — Drake

If it requires great tact to speak to the purpose, it requires no less to know when to be silent. — Francois de la Rochefoucauld

If a diplomat says yes, he means perhaps. If he says perhaps he means no. And if he says no, he's the hell of a diplomat. — Agnes Sligh Turnbull

Never start a sentence with the words 'No offense. — Gretchen Rubin

The trouble with cats is that they've got no tact. — P. G. Wodehouse

Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil-but there is no way around them. — Isaac Asimov

God made poor woman with no heart, But gave her skill, and tact, and art, And so she lives, and plays her part. We must not blame, but pity her. — Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Without Customers Quotes

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It is the growing custom to narrow control, concentrate power, disregard and disenfranchise the public; and assuming that certain powers by divine right of money-raising or by sheer assumption, have the power to do as they think best without consulting the wisdom of mankind. — W. E. B. Du Bois

The purpose of a business is to get and keep a customer. Without customers, no amount of engineering wizardry, clever financing, or operations expertise can keep a company going. — Theodore Levitt

Who are businesses really responsible to? Their customers? Shareholders? Employees? We would argue that it’s none of the above. Fundamentally, businesses are responsible to their resource base. Without a healthy environment there are no shareholders, no employees, no customers and no business. — Yvon Chouinard

I had placed my stick on the table, as I do every evening. It had been specially made to suit my height, to enable me to walk without too much difficulty. As I was standing up, a customer called to me: 'Monsieur, don't forget your pencil.' It was very unkind, but most funny. — Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

My best advice: win little battles. Get in the habit of winning, of shipping, of having customers that can't live without you. Once you've demonstrated you know how to do the art, then go after the windmills. — Seth Godin

Chefs don't actually say 'That's a spicy meat-a-ball,' except to indicate that there's a bomb threat in the restaurant without alarming the customers. Terrorism is the spiciest meatball there is. — Mario Batali

Make something happen today, before you go home, before the end of the week. Launch that idea, post that post, run that ad, call that customer. Go the edge, that edge you've been holding back from... and do it today. Without waiting for the committee or your boss or the market. Just go. — Seth Godin

Every company's greatest assets are its customers, because without customers there is no company. — Michael Leboeuf

I had rather get a root canal without anesthesia than to call your customer service office for help. — Jon Jones

Without a customer, you don't have a business - all you have is a hobby. — Don Peppers

Tactful Quotes

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Real love amounts to withholding the truth, even when you're offered the perfect opportunity to hurt someone's feelings. — David Sedaris

There are very many characteristics which go into making a model civil servant. Prominent among them are probity, industry, good sense, good habits, good temper, patience, order, courtesy, tact, self-reliance, many deference to superior officers, and many consideration for inferiors. — Chester A. Arthur

A horse will never tire of a rider who possesses both tact and sensitivity because he will never be pushed beyond his possibilities. — Nuno Oliveira

Perseverance and tact are the two great qualities most valuable for all those who would climb, but especially for those who have to step out of the crowd. — Benjamin Disraeli

Without tact you can learn nothing. Tact teaches you when to be silent. Inquirers who are always questioning never learn anything. — Benjamin Disraeli

So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life's A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you'll move mountains. — Dr. Seuss

The secret of man's success resides in his insight into the mood's of people, and his tact in dealing with them. — Josiah Gilbert Holland

For whoever habitually suppresses the truth in the interests of tact will produce a deformity from the womb of his thought. — B. H. Liddell Hart

What children, in fact all of us at any age, find frightening is unreliability and emotional coldness. The idea that you can't affect someone, that you can't see where they're coming from and can change tact at any moment. — Tilda Swinton

The chief misery of the decline of the faculties, and a main cause of the irritability that often goes with it, is evidently the isolation, the lack of customary appreciation and influence, which only the rarest tact and thoughtfulness on the part of others can alleviate. — Charles Horton Cooley

People Writing About Tact

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Read quotes by Savielly Tartakower

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More Tact Quotes

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I always felt that a scientist owes the world only one thing, and that is the truth as he sees it. If the truth contradicts deeply held beliefs, that is too bad. Tact and diplomacy are fine in international relations, in politics, perhaps even in business; in science only one thing matters, and that is the facts. — Hans Eysenck

... the majority of colored men do not yet think it worth while that women aspire to higher education.... The three R's, a littlemusic and a good deal of dancing, a first rate dress-maker and a bottle of magnolia balm, are quite enough generally to render charming any woman possessed of tact and the capacity for worshipping masculinity. — Anna Julia Cooper

Don't flatter yourselves that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. On the contrary, the nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become. — Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Tact is good taste in action. — Diane de Poitiers

You'll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You'll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left. — Dr. Seuss

Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves. — Abraham Lincoln

Any man with money to make the purchase may become a dog's owner. But no man --spend he ever so much coin and food and tact in the effort-- may become a dog's Master without consent of the dog. Do you get the difference? And he whom a dog once unreservedly accepts as Master is forever that dog's God. — Albert Payson Terhune

Tact is to lie about others as you would have them lie about you. — Oliver Herford

Intelligent and alert, wistful but enthusiastic, frank yet tactful, assured without conceit and tender without sentimentality. — Cecil Beaton

The offender needs pity, not wrath; those who must needs be corrected, should be treated with tact and gentleness; and one must be always ready to learn better. 'The best kind of revenge is, not to become like unto them.' — Marcus Aurelius

People's shortcomings should be treated with tact; if you expose them crudely, this is attacking weakness with a weakness. When people are stubborn, it requires skill to influence them; if you treat them with anger and spite, this is treating stubbornness with stubbornness. — Zicheng Hong

Tact is the unsaid part of what you think. — Henry Van Dyke

Opinion! If every one had so little tact as to give their true opinion when it was asked this would be a miserable world. — Edna Ferber

Private and public life are subject to the same rules-truth and manliness are two qualities that will carry you through this world much better than policy or tact of expediency or other words that were devised to conceal a deviation from a straight line. — Robert E. Lee

Tact in audacity is knowing how far you can go without going too far. — Jean Cocteau

In Conclusion

Tact is often described as the ability to speak kindly without sacrificing honesty. Quotes about tact highlight the importance of using gentle and respectful language when expressing our opinions or addressing sensitive topics. They emphasize the significance of being mindful of others' emotions and choosing words that uplift and inspire. These quotes inspire us to cultivate tact in our everyday conversations, fostering understanding and harmony in our relationships.

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